This is one of those watches that can cause distractions - the dial, hands and overall design make such an impression that is very difficult not to glance at this watch frequently.
The Thomas Ninchritz Grand Seconde takes it name from the large second hand at 6. This watch is of classic design, with Roman numerals and Breguet blued steel hands.
The dial is special, and is coated in silver. We like the subtle engraved patterns featured on the inner section of the dial.
Case is in stainless steel and is polished by hand. Black calf leather strap which is attached by screws and features an engraved tang buckle.
Thomas Ninchritz lives in Nuremberg, Germany and the Grand Seconde features details that you won't find in most other mechanical watches:
- Traditional German 3/4 plate
- Swan neck fine adjustment
- Screwed gold chatons
- Unique Cotes de Genve pattern
- Perlage on inner plates
- Blued screws
- Hand engraved balance cock
- Movement is rhodium plated
It is important to note that Thomas completely finishes and decorates this movement by hand. The process of engraving the balance cock alone can take up to one day, and his attention to detail is immediately noticed on this watch.
We'd also like to point out something we've never seen on a mechanical watch. You may be familiar with the process of Cotes de Genve (Geneva stripes) where the watchmaker typically applies vertical patterns to decorate the movement plates. Thomas has developed his own technique where the patterns are actually circular as can be seen from the photograph above. The result is quite unique and striking.
The Thomas Ninchritz Grand Seconde - sometimes distractions aren't all that bad.